Understanding God (Elohim) is plural yet One
Understanding God (Elohim) is plural yet One.
The very first verse of the Bible presents God as a plural being: "In the beginning God created...." (Gen. 1:1). If God were a single personage, then the singular word for God, Eloah, would have been used. This is not the case because Elohim is used which is plural. BUT the verb used (bara) with Elohim is singular meaning God is one. And this plurality of God is the one Who said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (vs 26).
The burning bush speaking to Moses is Elohim (plural) Who said: "I am that I am..." (Exodus 3:14). Notice even though plural God did not say we... like up in (vs 26 He said us).
Go also to Psalm 149:2. "Let Israel rejoice in their Maker"... Maker here is plural.
Go to Ecclesiastes 12:1. "Remember now thy Creator"... Creator here is plural.
Go to Isaiah 54:5. "For thy Maker is thine husband... Maker here is plural.
Go to Deuteronomy 6:4. "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord" (Shema yisroel adonai elohenu adonai echad)... (God) Elohenu is plural. Echad often means a unity of more than one as in Genesis 2:24, man and woman becoming one flesh. Also in Exodus 36:13 when the various parts "became one tabernacle"; and in 2 Samuel 2:25 when the soldiers "became one troop".
Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father.." shows the Fatherhood of God, and the oneness of the Father and the Son.
All three Persons in the Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) are seen in: "... from the beginning... there am I; and now the Lord God and His Spirit hath sent Me" (Isaiah 48:16). In the Godhead two Persons are invisible (God the Father and the Spirit of God), while One is visible, The Son of God, Who became Man.